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Facebook connecting teachers with inexpensive supplies

Groups connecting teacher with inexpensive teacher supplies Groups connecting teacher with inexpensive teacher supplies
Groups connecting teacher with inexpensive teacher supplies Groups connecting teacher with inexpensive teacher supplies
Groups connecting teacher with inexpensive teacher supplies Groups connecting teacher with inexpensive teacher supplies
Groups connecting teacher with inexpensive teacher supplies Groups connecting teacher with inexpensive teacher supplies
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A few Facebook groups are helping teachers cut the expense of stocking their classrooms for their students.

These sites are essentially endless online garage sales where thousands of local people are selling used stuff.

Throughout July and August teachers use it to help each other out. 

Francis Norat, a North Ridge Elementary special education teacher, says she's known she wanted to teach for most of her life. 
"I grew up with autistic kids in my neighborhood, so definitely where my heart is." 

Norat knows decorations and bright, popping colors benefit a child's learning experience, but it could be a costly. She says, "Primary colors are really good, especially kids with learning disabilities..so we wanna use bright colors!" 

The National School Supply and Equipment Association estimates US teachers spent $1.6 billion from their own pockets getting their classrooms & supplies ready. 

Before classrooms are first-day-of-school-ready teachers on the South Plains are using a few different Facebook groups to connect, and save huge chunks of money! Many teachers will say, the site Trading-Up has been a life saver. Norat showed us a large diaper box full of reading books and chapter books that she got for about one third of the price, "I probably spent 40 or 50 dollars for like 100 books in there."

The whole idea is as simple as educators selling stuff they don't need to other educators when they switch grades, empty closets, or retire. Complete strangers are connected though these groups when they post an item and other teachers see it, comment and then buy it for what some call a "teacher-friendly" price. 

"I've been thankful for it because there's a lot of educators on it and that's been really helpful. They know exactly what the expectations are in the classroom and for the kids." Norat says as she unpacks her room, remembering all the supplies she has found on the website over the last few weeks.

Most teachers will tell you, every buck counts and saving a few dollars in their wallets means they can invest more in their students emotionally in classroom.

This teacher says, "Being able to inspire the children is probably my favorite thing and to help them see that they have a place in this world. And I'm glad that I get to foster that growth and mentality."

So before the school year begins, even with the stapling, taping and arranging some teachers aren't breaking their budgets because they traded-up to give their kiddos the best.

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